Sunday, July 17, 2011

DIY Peacock Wedding Projects-Part II

I've loved peacock feathers for a couple of years now but I have to admit that part of the reason I chose to include them in my wedding was because I knew they would be a great place to save money.  By using feathers in lieu of flowers we were able to cut out a substantial amount of money.  I used peacock feathers to make my bridesmaid bouquets and my groom's and groomsmen's boutonnieres.  To make the bouquets I started with a peacock feather pad purchased from Hobby Lobby for about $2.50 each.  Then I hot glued longer feathers to the back of the pad.  I then hot glued the feather topper to a wooden pencil I had wrapped in brown satin ribbon.  I glued a few amber colored rhinestones onto the feathers in the center of the bouquet and tied the base with an aqua ribbon and hot glued an antique-looking gold charm (purchased from JoAnn's).  The bouquets cost less than $10 each!
For the boutonnieres I took single peacock feathers ($1.49 for a 2 pack at Hobby Lobby) and wrapped them with the same brown satin ribbon I used on the bouquets.  They were super easy to make and cost less than $2.00 each.

 In another attempt to save money, I made the pew bows.  Hobby Lobby has some amazing brown lace ribbon that is about 5 or 6 inches wide.  I used this as the base of my bows.  Then I used some sparkly green tulle (also from Hobby Lobby) for the middle bow and made a little bow for the center out of turquoise ribbon that I bought after Christmas at Wal-Mart for $.70 a roll.  I slid a peacock feather into the center of the bow and voila.  A good girlfriend of mine came over and helped me make them one Sunday afternoon and we had a lot of fun making them (although we were covered in glitter from the sparkly tulle by the end of the day)! 

 To decorate the outside of the church I made some tissue paper poms in different shades of blues and greens.  I used the tutorial from Mather Stewart.  They were a breeze to make and cost only a few dollars a piece.  I loved they way they added a little color to the front of the church.

 I did use some fresh flowers to decorate for the wedding.  I absolutely adore blue/green hydrangeas.  A friend of my aunt had a bush that she allowed us to take some blooms from (for free!) so I was able to have several vases in the windows of the church.  They made me so happy!

 I also bought two dozen white roses and a couple of large white hydrangeas (which I separated the blooms on) to use in small bud vases in the windows.  The vases were all ones that I already owned or borrowed from my parents with the exception of the aqua vase, which I bought from Hobby Lobby for $1.99.

 I also used fresh flowers in my bouquet.  I love flowers so much and since I couldn't afford to have an abundance of them in the wedding it was very important to me to have a bouquet with flowers that I loved.  My aunt and I went to Tipton Hurst the day before the wedding and found white snap dragons, blue hydrangeas, and some tinted blue Queen Anne's Lace.  I also included a few of the white roses that I had purchased from Kroger.  We spent a total of $35 on the flowers.  My aunt arranged the flowers for my bouquet and I think she did such an amazing job on it!

 The last DIY project I'm going to share in this post is the bird cage I used on the Guest Book Table for guests to put cards in.  I had seen a few weddings where they did something similar and I thought it was such a great idea.  I found the perfect bird cage at Hobby Lobby with slots large enough for any card to fit through.  I used some amazing green ribbon I had found on clearance after Christmas and tied it around the top of the cage.  I printed a sign that read "Cards" on my scrapbook paper that I had in my stash of pretty paper that I've bought and had no use for.  Finally, I topped the cage with a peacock that my aunt had gotten me.  It turned out exactly how I had envisioned and I was so proud of it! 

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Peacock Wedding Shoes on a Budget

As I was looking for inspiration for our vintage/peacock themed wedding I came across these shoes that I HAD to have:
They were the embodiment of everything I wanted our wedding to be.  I was already using lots of vintage brooches, the color was the perfect shade of teal that I can't get enough of, and the feather was the perfect touch of peacock without going to far.  But at $142 they were way over my budget.  As I was shopping for wedding dresses at David's Bridal I came across these very similar shoes:

They were only $59 and the bridal consultant said they could be dyed any color for $5.  So I had them dyed "Oasis" and added my own feathers and for $64 I had a very similar pair of shoes for my wedding day that got LOTS of compliments!
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Wedding DIY Projects-Part 1

We had a very limited budget for our wedding so I had several DIY projects.  I had found a burlap Just Married sign on Etsy that I thought would look perfect hanging on the front of the church after the ceremony.  But at $48 it was a little more of a splurge than I could afford so I decided to try to make one myself.  I bought 2 yards of burlap from Hobby Lobby.  I wasn't sure exactly how much I would need and I wanted to make sure I had plenty in case it took a couple of tries to get the banner right.  I decided what size I wanted each pennant and cut out a template from some cardboard I had lying around.  Then I traced the cardboard template on the burlap and cut out the pennants.  I used a stencil and acrylic paint (also from Hobby Lobby) and painted the letters onto the burlap pieces.  I cut out two extra pieces and hot glued white flowers onto them.  Then I glued the pennants onto a satin ribbon. 

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Wedding Decor Turned Home Decor

It was really important to me that there were a few pieces from our wedding that we were able to use in our house so we would always have reminders of our wedding day close by.  I've finally found a home for a few of my favorite things from the wedding so I thought I'd share.

My husband carved me this wooden "E" that we hung on the door of the church and I painted it.  Some of my favorite pictures from our wedding are the ones of this "E" and we got lots of compliments on it.  After deciding that I didn't like it hanging on the front door of our house I decided to hang it in the entry way of our house.

 I ordered this gorgeous sign on Etsy with our last name and wedding date to display on the Guest Book Table.  I am so happy with how it turned out!  The seller (defineyourspacevinyl) was so easy to work with and made the sign exactly how I wanted it.
The sign (as well as the bird cage I used in place of a card box) is now at home on top of our entertainment center. 

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